Contact & Staff Information

SOP Contact Information

Our office is located in the 1st floor of the Science Library, in the Writing Center.

SOP Staff Information 

Rose Jones

Director | rjones(at)

     Rose has been teaching UCI students since 2000, serving in various positions including Associate Instructor for University Extension, Teaching Assistant, and, most recently, Lecturer for the Academic English Program within the School of Humanities. She obtained her B.A. in Communications Studies and Linguistics and her M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures, both from the University of Kansas, while her Ph.D. in German was attained from UC Irvine. Her background also includes serving as Assistant Director of the KU McNair Scholars Program—the fourth of the TRIO Programs—which assists low-income, first-generation college students prepare for and successfully apply for and eventually attain their doctoral degrees in an attempt to diversity the faculty ranks. Prior to joining UCI, Rose spent a year studying in Germany on a DAAD scholarship (equivalent to Fulbright) at Heidelberg University to research a sixteenth-century German manuscript, extant copies of which are housed in the Special Collections of both KU and Heidelberg University libraries.  A firm believer in the value of higher education, she is extremely excited to join the Scholarship Opportunities Program and is committed to helping students succeed in reaching their educational goals.

Courtney Santos

Scholarship Advisor & Writing Specialist | cjsantos(at)

     Courtney earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts from UC Riverside, a Bachelor of Arts in English from UC Irvine, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from UCI Extension. She was first to attend college in her family and a low-income transfer student. Prior to becoming a Writing Specialist in 2014, Courtney provided comprehensive administrative support to major research projects at the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at UC Humanities Research Institute and at the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. These positions honed her skills in grant writing, information literacy, writing for academic publications, and public-facing communications. In her first three years at SOP, Courtney expanded participation of international and undocumented students and developed new online resources to support scholarship applicants. As of 2018 Courtney has served as primary Scholarship Advisor for recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, the Goldwater Scholarship, the Strauss Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and an alternate and a finalist for Schwarzman Scholars.

Brendan Park

Scholarship Advisor & Writing Specialist | brendanp(at)


Brenda Fisher

Office Manager | blfisher(at)


An Nguyen

Student Ambassador | sklrship(at)

   Hi! I’m An Nguyen, and I’m a 3rd year, majoring in Political Science. I’m responsible for coordinating student workshops, hosting advising appointments on pertinent scholarship information, and facilitating faculty and candidate correspondence for scholarship deadlines.

Darren De Leon

Student Advisor | sklrship(at)

     Hi! I’m Darren De Leon, and I’m a 3rd year, majoring in Political Science. I’m responsible for coordinating student workshops, hosting advising appointments regarding SOP’s endorsed scholarships, and facilitate faculty and candidate correspondence for scholarship deadlines. I was previously the student assistant for SOP, and my services included answering e-mails , website management, video content creation, and workshop advertising.

Jeremy Bunda

Student Advisor | sklrship(at)

Kimberly Zhang

Student Advisor | sklrship(at)